Innovation & Industry

Cybersecurity 06-05-2022

Bulgarian professor achieves dream of creating world-class tech powerhouse

In April, Bulgaria became home to INSAIT, a new Institute for Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence and Technology that aims to develop a world-class research centre, keep talent in Bulgaria, and attract outstanding international scientists by offering globally competitive research facilities and compensation.
Economy & Jobs 20-04-2022

EU starts consultation for Single Market Emergency Instrument

The EU Commission opened a month-long consultation period for stakeholders and citizens to voice their opinions on a new tool that aims at securing the functioning of the single market in times of crisis.
Global Europe 08-03-2022

Russia legalises intellectual property piracy

The Russian government decided on Monday (7 March) that intellectual property rights should not be paid to patent holders from "unfriendly countries", which include, among others, all the 27 members of the EU.
Economy & Jobs 08-02-2022

Protectionism is a dead-end street for Europe, climate neutrality is the key

Disruption, transition, transformation, structural change – Europeans today face several megatrends – climate change and the need to decarbonise our economies; digitalisation and the need to re-think workplace organisation; de-globalisation and the need to remain economically relevant, writes Sandra Parthie.
Economy & Jobs 02-02-2022

SMEs need better connectivity and skills to embrace digital transition, experts say

While the COVID-19 pandemic accelerated the digitalisation of SMEs in the EU, experts argue that policymakers' focus should now move to infrastructure and education in order to bridge the remaining digital divide.
Economy & Jobs 18-01-2022

Chip crisis pushes European car sales to new low

EU car sales fell to a new low last year as the auto sector was hobbled by the Covid pandemic and a shortage of computer chips, industry figures showed Tuesday (18 January). Registrations of new passenger cars in the EU...

Put co-innovation at the heart of EU green external relations

The EU needs to intensify its cooperation on green innovation with other parts of the world, writes Mats Engström.
Technology 05-11-2021

Tech sector warns against politicisation of EU semiconductor industry

Digital industries welcomed the European Commission’s announcement of the Chips Act that aims at making Europe more resilient to external supply shocks, but warned that the strategy should not be driven by political imperatives alone.
Brexit 04-11-2021

EU must ‘immediately’ accept UK into Horizon Europe, say bloc’s research leaders

The European Commission must immediately finalise the United Kingdom’s involvement in the €95.5 billion Horizon Europe research and innovation programme or else risk a “major weakening” of Europe’s “research strength and competitiveness”, a joint statement by the EU’s research and innovation community has warned.

Europe must seize its chance to lead the world in cleantech

EU member states are insufficiently engaged in the regulations and funding that will promote clean technologies necessary to deliver on its climate ambitions. Now is the time to course correct, argue Peter Sweatman and Thomas Pellerin-Carlin.
Global Europe 27-09-2021

EU says US trade, tech council to boost its clout, set rules for 21st century

The US-EU Trade and Technology Council (TTC) will give Europe more clout and set standards and rules for the 21st century, the EU's trade and digital chiefs said, underscoring global concerns about China's growing power.
Technology 23-09-2021

Commission proposes common charger for electronic devices in two years

The European Commission presented on Thursday (23 September) a proposal to establish a single charger for smartphones, tablets and other devices in two years.
Competition 20-09-2021

Defending Europe starts with defending and strengthening European competitiveness

As EU leaders looks towards economy recovery in the wake of the pandemic, they need to give businesses the environment needed to thrive, writes Stefano Mallia.
Economy & Jobs 17-09-2021

Banking and fintech: not a zero sum game

By working together, and with policymakers, banks and fintech businesses can speed up the EU's economic recovery, writes Ellen Moeller
Circular economy 15-06-2021

EU, US eye ‘Green Technology Alliance’ at Brussels summit

The United States and European Union pledged closer cooperation on fighting climate change but steered clear of setting a date to stop burning coal, at a bilateral summit on Tuesday (15 June).
Circular economy 14-06-2021

Rare earth metals at the heart of China’s rivalry with US, Europe

What if China were to cut off the United States and Europe from access to rare minerals that are essential to electric vehicles, wind turbines and drones?

EU must sharpen its focus on innovation to address climate change

The upcoming ‘Fit for 55’ package of EU regulations will have a vital role to play to support the creation and deployment of clean energy innovation, writes Peter Sweatman.
Economy & Jobs 28-05-2021

‘We want positive action to combat exploitative labour in EU construction’

The EU needs to tackle social dumping and fraud in the construction sector that has been led by an emerging business model of exploitative labour, argues Tom Deleu in an interview with EURACTIV.
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Economy & Jobs 07-05-2021

CEN and CENELEC: European Standards contribute to the EU’s Industrial Strategy

European Standards are key to make the European ambitions a reality. In this video, Elena Santiago Cid, CEN and CENELEC’s Director General, presents how the European Standardization System helps advance European harmonisation and make European industry more innovative, sustainable and resilient.
Economy & Jobs 05-05-2021

Breton: Europe was too naive before, now we are in the driving seat

Europe will remain open to everyone but will no longer be naive in the face of the rapidly changing world and will seek to be in the driving seat, Commissioner Thierry Breton told EURACTIV and a group of media ahead of the presentation of the update of the EU's industrial strategy on Wednesday (5 May).
Technology 30-04-2021

EU explores chipmaker alliance in search of ‘strategic autonomy’

The European Union is considering creating a semiconductor alliance including STMicroelectronics, NXP, Infineon and ASML to cut dependence on foreign chipmakers amid a global supply chain crunch, four EU officials said.
Economy & Jobs 27-04-2021

EU aims to boost innovation in ailing cultural, creative sectors

The European Union has launched a new initiative aimed at fostering innovation in the bloc's ailing cultural and creative industries, which have been among the worst hit financially during the pandemic. 
Economy & Jobs 27-04-2021

From coal and steel to carbon-free and digital: EU reaches turning point

Years from now, 2021 may be seen as the moment the European Union took a leap forward from its post-World War Two birth as a coal and steel bloc to a modern green and digital economy.
Economy & Jobs 22-04-2021

EU scales up efforts to support the culture and creative industry

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The Culture and Creative Industries (CCIs) have been among the hardest-hit branches by the COVID crisis, losing up to 90% of their revenues since the beginning of the pandemic. In this context, the EU is launching a new initiative to...